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Golf 2022 story lines: It all starts with the McCauley sisters of Simley

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune, 04/22/22, 3:15PM CDT


Isabella McCauley, a senior, and Reese McCauley, a sophomore, won the past two state championships.

Simley's Reese McCauley was greeted by her sister, former champion Isabella McCauley, after winning the state title. Photo by ELIZABETH FLORES, Star Tribune

The Class 3A individual girls’ championship runs through the McCauley family.

Simley sophomore Reese McCauley is the defending state champion, after posting a 5-under-par 139 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids a year ago. She was ranked second in the state preseason ratings by the Minnesota Golf Association, behind her older sister, senior Isabella McCauley.

A Gophers recruit, Isabella didn’t play in the state tournament in 2021 after becoming the youngest Minnesotan to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open and creating a scheduling conflict. Isabella won the individual crown in 2019 at a record-tying 9 under par. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ready to repeat

Northfield senior Nate Stevens is the top-ranked boys’ player, and with good reason. The Class 3A individual defending state champion posted a 10-under-par 134 en route to the title a year ago. He accumulated 12 birdies and two bogeys during the two-day event. “That was about as well as I could have played,” Stevens said following the victory. He tied for ninth place in 2019. 

Team sweeps possible

Two schools in Class 3A — Edina and Alexandria — have shots at sweeping the boys’ and girls’ team championships. The Edina boys’ squad is ranked No. 1, and the girls’ team holds down the second spot. It’s just the opposite for Alexandria’s teams. The girls’ team is the defending state champion.

The list: top 10 times two

Boys to watch

Andrew Ramos, Totino-Grace, sophomore

Danny Renner, Chanhassen, senior

Mason Roloff, Spring Lake Park, senior

Zach Rouleau, Farmington, junior

Kyler Schwamb, Farmington, junior

Ryan Stendahl, Maple Grove, sophomore

Nate Stevens, Northfield, senior

Sam Udovich, St. Croix Lutheran, freshman

Jack Wetzel, Edina, senior

Arthur Ylitalo, Buffalo, junior

Girls to watch

Lauryn Finley, Eastview, freshman

Madi Hicks, Chanhassen, senior

Bella Leonhart, Forest Lake, freshman

Isabella McCauley, Simley, senior

Reese McCauley, Simley, sophomore

Caroline Monty, Stillwater, senior

Jovie Ordal, Lakeville South, sophomore

Olivia Salonek, Roseville, junior

Kathryn VanArragon, Blaine, junior

Ananda Zhai, Woodbury, senior

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